Local Events in San Pedro, Belize
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SanPedroScoop.com Event Calendar -
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The Lions Club of
relies on income
from its Friday and Saturday
Night Bar B Q's to support the
Lions Medical Clinic. Help a
good cause - have dinner at the Lions Den!
Recent News, latest Belize news...
Island Life, Tia Chocolate, Writings about Ambergris Caye. Short stories, anecdotes, Life.....
Mervin's Hole in the Wall, Mervin Key, Writings about old time Ambergris Caye
RE: Energy policy in Belize, There are plenty of studies out there. Below I name a few which might be of interest:
UNDP Belize (2009): Belize and Climate Change: The Cost of Inaction
Page 34 talks about the Belize energy sector.
Another one, Waight & Associates (2008) already three years ago recommended that Belize should develop and implement a National Energy Policy (p 27):
The Organization of American States explored the problem of sustainable energy policies for other countries in the region back in 2007:
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICY INITIATIVE REPORT FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Coastal Capital: Belize The Economic Contribution of Belize’s Coral Reefs and Mangroves
Coastal and marine ecosystems provide vitally important goods and services to Belize. The country’s coral reefs and mangrove-lined coasts provide critical protection against erosion and wave-induced damages from tropical storms.
Provisional Report on the Belize 2011 Wildfires
Here's a report from Jan Meerman quantifying the amount of forest fire in Belize this year. Apparently the extra heat and the dry fuel torn down from Hurricane Richard made the situation much worse.
Belize Environment Outlook,
GEO Belize 2010
This is an extremely informative document about everything from agriculture to fisheries to water to mangroves/corals, aquaculture, etc.
Belize 2010 Population and Housing Census: .PDF
IMF review of the Belize economy, January 2011: .PDF
Statistical Abstract for Belize, 2009: PDF The Abstract of Statistics is an annual publication that presents a wide range of statistics and other information on Belize. It is an invaluable source of information about a great many subjects, including population, health, education, unemployment, agriculture, inflation and the environment.
Sportfish Conservation Plan for Belize - The final report on The Conservation Plan for Sport Fish in Belize
CZM are planning a consultation the 13th of April, 2010, 6:30pm at the Lions Den on the revised Master plan. Here is a copy of their last revision from February, so people have a chance to look at it...
The Belize Ethnobotany Project: Safeguarding medicinal plants and traditional knowledge in Belize .PDF
Ethnobotanical and Floristic
Research in Belize:
and Lessons Learned: .PDF
Forest Cover and Deforestation in Belize, 1980 - 2010: .PDF
Reef Currents, Newsletter for the Northern Marine Reserve Management Unit
Why I Love Belize, Writing contest
Click here Effects of Oil Pollution on Coral Reef Communities
Click here for information on "Guidelines for good
exterior lighting plans"
Belize: 2009 Article IV Consultation—Staff Report; Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion; and Statement by the Executive Director for Belize. Click here for the plan.
Click here for information on the Growth Diagnostics of Belize
Click here for information on the Ambergris Caye Local Building Authority ( ACLBA)
Impact Fee Schedule (Permit Fees)
Click here for
the Master Plan for Ambergris Caye,
Prepared by The Ambergris Planning Authority
January 28. 1992.
Click here for Rambles around Belize, 2008, by Lan Sluder.
Click here for the eBook version of San Pedro Cool, the Guide to Ambergris Caye, by Lan Sluder. It's 192 pages of information on San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Belize's other islands.
Click here for a colorful two page (166k) Adobe Acrobat brochure on the island.
Click here for a report on the impact of climate change on sea turtles
Click here for information on the Pelican Cayes, a hotspot of biodiversity and destruction in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve World Heritage Site
Click here for information on bird migrations in Belize
Click here for a report on cruise ships in Belize (1.7mb download)
Click here for the EIU report on Belize from October 2007
Click here for the 2007-2008 Budget Presentation for Belize
Photos of the Calendar Girls signing party, 2005
Tati John Grief's funeral
Belizean flavored electronic greeting cards
Music in San Pedro, 1, 2, 3
Here's the old guestbook before we retired it
Pictures of a trip to Havana
Dulce Wolfe's cookbook!
Articles on plant and animal life on the Belizean reefs.
Popol Vuh, Mayan Religious Document
For more general information on Belize, click here.
Click here for information and press releases from the Town Council.
For a review of the events of 2001 in San Pedro, click here
Click here for THINGS TO DO!
The Gran Circo Chino, from Guatemala, all Chinese acrobats/performers put on quite a show May 17, 18, 19, 2002. Click here for photos...
Rosaleen Duffy has written a new book about Belize. A Trip Too Far:
Ecotourism, Politics and Exploitation (Paperback).
Back in 2000, she wrote an excellent paper called
Shadow players: ecotourism, development, corruption and state politics
Third World Quarterly, Vol 21, No 3, pp 549ń 565, 2000
This article examines the way that developing societies have been
increasingly incorporated into global networks, and the effect that this has had
on the states themselves. The notion of a shadow state is used here to inform the
ways that the state has been modified by the global networks represented by
ecotourism development on the one hand and drug trafficking (and associated
offshore banking sectors) on the other. Belize provides an excellent example of
the way that these NorthńSouth linkages, in the form of global networks,
undermine the ability of states to enforce regulations in offshore banking, drug
trafficking and environmental protection that are demanded of the South by the
A Lesson In Observation
Under The Belmoral - Click for a li'l lesson on Belizean culture...
San Pedro is graced, by many forms of entertainment on a daily basis. This week of
though, we are most fortunate-to be entertained by comedic magician
Fortunato! Click here for more...
What's New? -Island Information Center
San Pedro Gets Ready For Hurricane Threats, click here!
For our photo gallery, click here!
For a review of the events of 1999 in San Pedro, click here
For Kevin Gonzales' column "Tourism Talk" click here. Tourism Talk is written to both stimulate and better understand how San Pedro is affected by tourism, and how we can improve our services.
Better internet access is important to all Belizeans, click here for an important article on this written by Jorge Varela.
8 new parks for San Pedro- San Pedro is about to enjoy a full dose of new and renovated parks for the enjoyment of all.
Marco Gonzales Park will get a suspended bridge to cross visitors from the lake at the west to the site. There will be resting areas with palapas, garbage cans, and signs.
Mar De Tumbo Park will be much renovated from nothing to parking area, five palapas, barbecue facilities, trash bins and lighting.
Esmeralda Park (by the library) will boast several palapas, trash bins, barbecue facilities, lighting, a study area for elementary school children, and a permanent area for craft vendors.
Central Park will carry a giant size palapa with permanent counters, storage for ice and lots of landscaping. It will also boast good garbage bins, beach volleyball court, smaller round palapas, a jungle gym, a bell structure as was 25 years ago, more games, 2 dressing rooms for shows, 3 bathrooms, and covering over stage. The basketball court will be removed and re-located.
Boca Del Rio Park is now completely filled with sand and it will have new sea games, barbecue pits, a basketball concrete court, beach volleyball sand court, bleachers for sports, jungle gym and several palapas and at least one-bathroom. Proper lighting will make the complements to this park.
Paradise Park (new on lot in front of the cemetery) this park will have a brand new basketball concrete court to be combined for volleyball and tennis by seasons, lots of bleachers and good lighting. This park may serve for shows, pageants, etc., as it will be permanently enclosed with fence and a movable stage at hand.
Mangrove Park in the San Juan area will be a natural park where proper lighting and maintenance will be available.
San Pedrito Park will carry a jungle gym with games, lots of sand fill and good lighting. If more land is available, a sports court will be constructed.
Hon. Patty Arceo is happy and enthusiastic with this project which mill bring much happiness, relaxation and entertainment to the people of San Pedro. Some of these will be completed before the year is out and others will continue during the year 2000 as part of our new millenium accomplishments.
Shark Ray Alley annexed to Hol Chan- click for more information.
San Pedro made history on Tuesday, August 17th, 1999 when the first radio station on the island hit the airwaves. Mr. Eiden Salazar Jr. is the person responsible for giving San Pedro the prestige of having its first radio station, known as Radio Arecife or Reef Radio. This new enterprise transmits at 92.3 on your FM dial to several locations in the country. Radio Arecife operates daily from 6:00 am to midnight. The response from the public has been trememdous.
Nova Shrimp is building a hatchery on the island, click here for some of the difficulties we have been experiencing with their operation....
Want to view the Southern Cross constellation from San Pedro? Click here for information on when and where to look...
Wings of Hope, the non-profit air ambulance service, is again alive and well but moving to Belize City.
Effective August 1999, Wings of Hope will be leaving San Pedro, but this time, it is
only to relocate to Belize City, Pilot Elis Olsson explained. He, his wife
Dudley (and daughters Lanier, 6 and Maja, 3) came to San Pedro on June 22,
1998 to take over as Field Directors for the Belize operation of Wings of
Hope. Wings of Hope has operated with volunteer pilots in Belize since 1982.
They operate through financial support from the Ministry of Health and
private donations. The move will make the aircraft more centrally
located to better serve the people of Belize. Wings of Hope can be contacted at
Celebrating 150 years of beautiful San Pedro-
This year the San Pedro 150th Celebration Committee has made great
efforts to push the San Pedro Day celebrations. Events leading to the
29th started at the beginning of this month. Click here for more information.
Lobster season opens-
June 15th marked the opening of the 1998 lobster season. The Caribena Producers reported that 3,716 pounds of lobster have been delivered to the Co-op in the first two days - June 15th (2759 lbs.), June 16 (957 lbs.). The Co-op states that this is a decrease in the number of lobsters compared to last year. From June 15th to the 23rd of 1997 the Co-op reported that they had delivered over 9,000 pounds of lobsters to the National Co-op in Belize City.
Click here for an essay written by students of San Pedro High School, Form Three, focusing on a question posed to them in their English Language Texthook, 'What changes have you noticed in your immediate environment (your village or town) over the past few years. Are they permanent or, temporary? How do you respond to these changes, with joy or sadness?'
BTB Contributes to Ambergris Museum-
The Belize Tourist Board recently donated $5000 to the Friends of Ambergris Museum and
Cultural Center. The monies donated were to support and promote the works of the center in its mission to preserve
and celebrate the heritage of Ambergris Caye. Click here to see the Ambergris Museum website.
As Mr. Kevin Gonzalez, Director of Tourism comments, "The Belize Tourist Board supports the initiatives of the Ambergris community in developing this museum and center because it compliments the destination's tourism product and will allow for quick access of information on the country and Ambergris in particular to visitors there. More importantly, It will allow the local community an opportunity to learn more about their history and culture and in so doing, it will provide for its preservation."
The tourism industry is of vital importance to Belize's economy and the Belize Tourist Board is committed to increasing the public's awareness of this vibrant and exciting industry.
For more information on the museum, kindly contact Mrs. Llian Lopez Paz of the Ambergris Histor cal Society at (026) 2298.
Norman Eiley's boat the Royal Piper is good for a lot of fun!
Dolphins Undefeated!- Click here for details in the San Pedro Sun
World Lions Service Day success
October 8, is designated throughout the world as World Lions Service
Day. On that day all clubs are asked
to renew their commitment to Lionism
by undertaking some community
Our club in San Pedro undertook the honourable task of building one
complete classroom for the R.C.
School. On Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., the hammers and saws were busy
at the R.C. School. From posts. to sill,
to floor joists, to flooring. to studs, to
wall siding - the job went on encouraged and energized by some soft
drinks and chicken tacos provided by
the lady auxiliaries. At the end of the
day the job can be said to be 80% com
names and acknowledgements will be
made next week after the project is
Here is some general information on hurricanes in Belize:
Click here for further information in the San Pedro Sun.
Historical Information, Hurricane Preparedness Guidelines, Safety Rules, Pet Protection, Assembling a Disaster Kit, and more.....
Amigos del Mar
Changa and Melanie
Paz of Amigos del Mar
Dive Shop have donated
6 regulators to the San
Pedro Lions Club. These regulators
will be used to provide power for dental equipment when volunteer dentists
come to Belize. The next group will
be providing dentistry in San Pedro
October 27, 28, 29 and 30. They will
be providing dental services at the Lions Den, the High School and the RC
Dolphins crush Juventus- A great game at Ambergris Stadium! Click here for details in the San Pedro Sun
Incredible new exploration of the Great Blue Hole. The Cambrian Foundation
successfully completed a study of the Blue Hole and its cave systems with high resolution video and the latest diving equipment. An unknown cave system
called the Abyss by local fishermen was explored to a new Belizean underwater cave depth record
of 485 FSW.
Click here for their press release dated Sept. 22, 1997.
Islanders affected by flu, measles and dengue-like symptoms-
Many San Pedro children and adults
have been suffering from the current
outbreak of German measles, a miserable flu and what some say to be
Unfortunately all three illnesses
share some of the same symptoms high fever, headache, aching of the
joints, pain in the eyes, exhaustion and
a rurmy nose. Dengue fever carries
these symptoms except for runny nose.
The Public Health Clinic in San
Pedro has been actively speaking to
school children and is conducting a
public awareness campaign with regard to eliminating standing water
which the Aedes Egypti mosquito uses
to lay eggs. Nurse Kelly of the Health
Center has also been immunizing students against measles, mumps and
Dengue fever symptoms appear
four to ten days after the bite of a mosquito. The illness is in two stages.
After the third or fourth day the fever
(sometimes as high as 106 degrees)
goes away and the patient seems to
recover; however, within a few days
the temperature rises again and the
pain returns. To date there have been
cases of dengue "clinically" diagnosed. however, none have been confirmed through laboratory tests.
There is no known cure for Dengue, however the disease is seldom
fatal. All persons, especially infants
and children with symptoms should
see a doctor.
The spread of Dengue is prevented
by destroying the mosquitos and eliminating the breeding grounds.
The San Pedro Foundation is a non-profit organization engaged in charitable projects in San Pedro. You
can help by donating- P.O. Box 40, San Pedro.
San Pedro Dolphins Football Club-
Fundraiser bar-be-cue each Saturday (Noon) next to Belicolour and Post Office.
Belize Island Artist's invite you to join them every Tuesday morning
at 9 a.m. for a morning or painting and drawing. Visitors to San
Pedro welcome. For information call 2715.
San Pedro Health Center vlslts schools...
Measles,Mumps and Rubella campaign continues...
San Pedro Health Center personnel, over the last few months, have been
vaccinating females from 10 to 35 years old in San Pedro to fight the spread
and infection of measles, mumps and rubella.
On Friday, September 5th, Nurse Kelly visited the San Pedro High school
and administered MMR vaccines to females students from first form to fourth
form. On Friday, September l9th, she visited the San Pedro R.C.
school to vaccinate females 10 years and older. After, Nurse Kelly plans to
visit the other primary schools on the island. "It is important," she said, "that
all females from age 10 to 35 be vaccinated against measles, mumps and
rubella. Each vaccine is 1/2 cc of the actual virus that is injected into the
person. About two weeks later the person may suffer from fever, soar throat,
swollen Iymph nodes and a rash. This reaction to the vaccine will last about
Nurse Kelly would like to remind parents that they should also bring their
children, boys and girls, from 1 to 5 years old to be vaccinated. The Health
Center's opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and I p.m. and 4 p.m. from
Monday to Friday. Tuesday mornings it's prenatal care and in the afternoon
pap smears are conducted. On Wednesdays it's new born clinic day and
regular child health immunization. Remember, it's in your own best interest
to make use ofthe facilities provided for you by the San Pedro Health Center.
Current event articles courtesy of:
The San Pedro Sun.
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